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The Buda Mill & Grain Co., a historic agricultural complex reimagined as a community commercial destination in Buda, Texas

CTA-designed Buda Mill & Grain Co., is composed of five structures—a mix of old and new—including a renovated 105-year-old cotton gin building, a large, renovated steel equipment shed, a historic elevated grain augur, four vintage silos, and three new buildings. The challenge was how to preserve the bones of what was there while making the existing structures and new facilities a cohesive complex.

240 Lorton, a collaborative effort between MBH Architects, OPI Commercial Builders and Dewey Land Company

The City of Burlingame, California has long been a desirable area for real estate developers due to its central Peninsula location, which is easily accessible to amenities such as shops, restaurants, and public transportation. New to the block, 240 Lorton is the product of a working relationship between Alameda, California-based firm MBH Architects, OPI Commercial Builders, and Dewey Land Company (DLC).

BBGM-designed Draftsman Hotel pays tribute to the past, present and future in Charlottesville, Va.

Looking to create a contemporary hotel while honoring the city’s history, BBGM integrated a balance of contemporary materials with traditional proportions into the Draftsman Hotel. The podium features rust colored Trespa panels – a high pressure laminate siding – reminiscent of the neighboring red brick buildings. Transitioning the material of the facade above the podium to a contemporary Nichiha fiber cement helps to visually detach this element, lessening the visual impact of the hotel on the street’s architecture.

707 Fifth office tower offers an attractive, energy-efficient, comfortable workplace in downtown Calgary

The new 707 Fifth “AAA” office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), features a distinctive, curved glass appearance with high energy-efficiency and a comfortable interior. In spite of the cold climate, the 27-story, 564,000-square-foot (52,400m²) building met its energy targets, due in part, to the use of Technoform’s TGI® Spacer M in the triple-glazed, curtain wall system. The curtain wall relies on TNG’s bent, triple-pane insulated glazing units with two low-e coatings from G-Crystal Glass Group.

New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.

PPG Duranar coatings give encore performance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan

Modeled after London’s iconic Crystal Palace, the original Javits Center opened in 1986 and immediately gained status as the largest space frame structure in the world. In addition to incorporating a luminous glass and metal framework with brilliant views of the Hudson River and the city skyline, the groundbreaking project was characterized by the extensive use of black PPG Duranar coatings. ENCLOS, Keymark and PPG were selected to supply, design and install the building’s curtain wall components.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral’s dome, apse and tabernacle all required a high degree of precision and detail, twisting and molding two layers of CertainTeed Gypsum wallboard to match the structural frame, which was first constructed on the ground and then lifted high into the ceilings’ curved surfaces to be fit and secured. The architecture also featured barrel-vaulted ceilings and splayed window returns, distinguishing this project from other cathedrals in the region.

Sustainable Design Excellence: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

The 12,600-square-foot headquarters, located in the historic Chinatown district of Washington, DC, was built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2016 to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certification. ASLA worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to build a new Center that embodies the mission, vision and values of the Society. The project integrates new construction into the existing space and footprint; captures and reuses stormwater runoff; maximizes daylight within the space; increases occupant comfort and wellness; provides flexible, collaborative work spaces; and models environmental values.

The California Trail at the Oakland Zoo takes visitors on immersive and interactive journey

Noll & Tam Architects-designed California Trail project at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., doubles the size of the zoo complex to roughly 100 acres and furthers the zoo’s mission of conservation, education and research with a focus on native Californian animals. More than 20 years in the making, the $72 million project was a culmination of community collaboration and the dogged perseverance of the Conservation Society of California. The project encompasses 26 structures spread across 50 acres of land, trails, as well as an aerial gondola system.

“Waypoint” at Waypoint Park

Waypoint’s new location draws people into the site to explore and approach the artifact connecting it to both to the city and the water’s edge. “When we thought of a durable, low maintenance, vandal and weather resistant coating, we realized what could be more appropriate than a coating used for highways and roads?” Mutuus Studio studied high index reflective glass bead traffic coatings (0.008 inches in diameter) and were continually surprised by experiments with this humble material and mesmerized by the way the light bounced and interacted with the environment around it.

OLE Health’s newest location clad with Linetec-finished aluminum wall panels

Designed by INDE architecture of San Francisco, the 29,000-square-foot, three-story building’s exterior colors showcase a contemporary, agriculturally inspired palette including terra cotta, light brown and slate gray tones. More accurately, the slate color is called, “Charcoal Smudge.” It was applied by Linetec using Sherwin-Williams Fluropon® 70%, two-coat, PVDF resin-based coatings.

iN STUDIO designs Coty’s new Toronto office with Parisienne elegance in mind

Embodying Coty’s feminine brand aesthetic, iN STUDIO designed the office to be reminiscent of a high-end Parisienne apartment living room. Steering away from a traditional corporate office color palette, the team opted for a delicate balance of soft pastels and neutrals.

Miller Hull and Lease Crutcher Lewis to design and develop University of Washington’s cutting-edge Population Health Initiative in Seattle

The 290,000-square-foot building is conceived as a hybrid facility designed to respond directly to the mission of the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative—a 25-year vision to address the most persistent and emerging challenges affecting human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity across the globe. Led by design-build collaborators Miller Hull and Lease Crutcher Lewis, the project is being developed using an Integrated Design-Build (IDB) delivery method, a process that encourages teams to embrace elements of Integrated Project Delivery as well as Lean Design and Construction—techniques developed to create efficiency while maximizing value and minimizing waste

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated

Inaugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Aecom began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the venues of the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will host the group and quarter-final matches of the tournament. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah that is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system.

Dickinson College’s new residence hall showcases zinc exterior with RHEINZINK façade cladding

The new High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College, showcases modern student living inside, and a zinc façade in durable, distinctive and sustainable RHEINZINK cladding, on the outside. As the first residence constructed in 40 years on the historic Pennsylvania campus, High Street opened in Aug. 2018, and in Jan. 2019, earned LEED® Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Public Safety Training Center in Texas clad in blue and gray metal wall panels finished by Linetec

Drawing respectful inspiration from the uniforms worn by the first responders trained there, blue and gray panels clad the 65,000-square-foot building’s façade. Linetec applied Sherwin-Williams Fluropon® coatings to finish 11,600 square feet of Dri-Design’s painted aluminum panels.

RHEINZINK America and CENTRIA announce alliance and showcase their collaboration on Ohio’s Coleman Center

RHEINZINK America, Inc. and CENTRIA have formed a strategic marketing alliance. Showcasing their successful collaboration, the two companies recently worked together to provide architectural zinc façade cladding and roofing systems on the Michael B. Coleman Government Center in Columbus, Ohio. In Jan. 2019, the project earned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Oberlin College’s sustainable mixed-use Lewis Gateway Center serves as cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District

The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College is the cornerstone project of the new Green Arts District, a 13-acre block that will bring the arts and sciences together to create a transformative sustainable community. The Gateway Center’s Hotel at Oberlin is the fifth new hotel in the U.S. designed to meet LEED Platinum status.

Reimagining of Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee

Located in the heart of Chattanooga, in the center of the city’s thriving Innovation District and one block from City Hall, Miller Park is a two-acre urban placemaking project designed and led by the collaboration between firms EskewDumezRipple and landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels.

Perforated anodized aluminum ideally suited for Austin Central Library

Recently the City of Austin, Texas built a new central library building, designed by architects Lake Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch. The architects chose perforated anodized aluminum from Lorin Industries, Inc. to serve as a central façade design element.

St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden in New Orleans designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as sanctuary for quiet, individual prayer

The new chapel is a delicately-placed, quiet counterpoint to the adjacent church, contrasting in scale but similar in form and material. The tall, angled shape of the chapel ties the building to its neighbor and creates a soaring space for worshippers within—a cathedral for one. The sculpted form is carefully carved on two sides and at the roof, allowing light to leak in from above the ceiling, along the floor, and adjacent to the sacred tabernacle.

Zolatone® delivers new colors and textures for Texas elementary school

In the summer of 2018, Aldine ISD unveiled its new Lou Vardeman School for early childhood, pre-K and kindergarten students. Serving about 800 students each day, the new school was designed by Molina Walker Almaguer Architects, Inc. (MWA Architects), a Houston-based firm and one of the region’s leading designers of educational facilities. Aldine ISD and MWA Architects have worked closely on many of the district’s state-of-the-art buildings for a number of years and have utilized Zolatone coatings throughout many of them.

Sto Panel Technology helps build student housing for Rowan University

Rowan University needed housing for its expanding student body…and quickly. This led to the construction of a six-story residential building, which would anchor several planned surrounding structures. These were to be built by the team of Sto Panel Technology, its affiliate, Jersey Panel Corp, and Nexus Properties, the developer and general contractor for the project. Between 2014 and 2018, seven buildings comprising more than 450,000 square feet and 1,500 wall panels were constructed in three phases.

PPG DURANAR® powder coatings in a challenging marine environment, Pier 17

PPG DURANAR® powder coating was used on the newly redesigned Pier 17 at South Street Seaport in New York City, making it the first application of the coating in a challenging marine environment.

Unique hybrid flooring system for a state-of-the-art chemical processing facility

Pilot Chemical Company’s primary requirements for the new flooring system were that it needed to be chemical resistant, seamless, impact resistant, easily cleanable, and long-lasting. High Performance Systems Corp specified a hybrid flooring system with a basecoat of cement slurry with a broadcast of 40/60 mesh silica, a broadcast coat of a high-solid epoxy with custom flakes, a grout coat of a UV and chemical resistant polyaspartic, and a topcoat of that same polyaspartic with 220 grit aluminum oxide additives. This decorative flooring system combines a fast curing, moisture insensitive, three-component base material with a mosaic broadcast, sealed with a high gloss, UV stable, clear topcoat.

Florida’s Aventura Mall’s new wing offers sunlit experience thanks to Super Sky skylight finished by Linetec

Florida’s Aventura Mall recently completed a new wing, making it the third-largest shopping mall in the U.S. Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC manufactured and installed a 347-foot-long, 96-foot-wide, custom, vaulted skylight to crown the new addition. Supporting Aventura Mall’s bright, modern design, Linetec finished the skylight’s aluminum framing components in a Pale Oak color. Upholding the specified appearance and functionality, the durable, 70 percent PVDF resin-based finishes also complement the skylight’s high-performance Viracon glass to keep shoppers comfortable beneath the warm, Florida sun.

Pompeii Archeological Park: Corian® Exteriors preserves ancient buildings at the Championnet Complex

Naples-based Vittorio Pinto Interni designed Corian® Exteriors coverings to protect the mosaic floors at the Championnet complex from the sun and rain while making sure to not completely enclose them from natural light so that visitors could appreciate the ancient artwork and stonework of walls fashioned out of rocks that include lava, limestone and travertine. Two distinct roofs were made: the first, a simple rectangular shape and the second, a larger covering made of three layers. Each roof was devised with narrow rain gutters on the edges to divert runoff.

Canadian waterfront trail pavilion features RHEINZINK panels

A steeply sloped, RHEINZINK-clad roof is the architectural focal point of an open-air pavilion at the new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place in Toronto. The opening of the park and waterfront trail marked the first milestone of the province’s plan to revitalize and transform the iconic landmark into a vibrant, year-round attraction. Design for Trillium Park was led by landscape architects LANDinc of Toronto in consortium with a diverse multidisciplinary team, including West 8 of New York and Blackwell Structural Engineers of Toronto.

RHEINZINK selected to protect heritage of 120-year-old church

Completion of the re-roof project at the historic Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, marks the culmination of a massive four-phase, 22-year renovation plan. The Cathedral—built originally in 1894—was the first church in Vancouver and began with a cedar shake roof. Through the years, various additions and modifications were undertaken, but none contributed significantly to the historic structure’s long-term sustainability.

SOLARBAN 60 glass by Vitro Glass used in Vulcan Block 45

Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood and designed by architecture firm NBBJ, Vulcan Block 45, the 13-story, 317,000-square-foot office building is clad with a metal panel and stone veneer finishes over prefabricated metal stud panels. An all-glass façade featuring Solarban® 60 solar control low-emissivity (low-e) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass was custom-fabricated to match the opaque metal panels.

Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design

As designers, architects, and engineers, we play a vital role in making sure projects authentically resonate on the local level, while aligning with larger program goals and needs. It’s only when these pieces come together that a program of this scale is truly able to shine in the eyes of the client and end users.

Inspira Medical Center Adds Vertical Expansion with the Help of Sto Panel Technology

Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, New Jersey had a growing patient population and needed to expand. In the course of planning the project, the general contractor, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, was aware of the capabilities of Sto Panel Technology affiliate, Jersey Panel, also located in Vineland, and brought them on board early for design-assist support. StoPanel Classic NExT ci, a prefabricated insulated exterior wall panel system that weighs almost 90 percent less than a precast panel of the same size, was chosen for the cladding.

Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative’s new headquarters features Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront

Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative recently opened its new headquarters in Williston, North Dakota, featuring an expansive curtainwall from Tubelite. The four-story, 85,000-square-foot building was designed by JLG Architects to achieve a LEED® Gold certification with an emphasis on highlighting the efficient use of electricity, while creating a beacon for MWEC on the north side of Williston.

RHEINZINK panels enhance University of Notre Dame locker room

In conjunction with the Campus Crossroads Project, the architectural and engineering firm Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) of Troy, Michigan, was selected to redesign and renovate the Stadium Concourse and North End Zone facilities to include the home team locker room and recruiting lounge. Old Country Millwork, Inc. (OCM) of Los Angeles utilized RHEINZINK-CLASSIC bright-rolled as the base metal to manufacture their tinted product. Strategic use of OCM Tinted Zinc played an important role in the execution of the design.

El Cerrito Recycling Center + Environmental Resource Center, sustainable in design and in practice

“Our goal was to create a recycling and environmental resource center that brings people and community together, inspires better awareness about environmental issues, and satisfies operational needs in creative and efficient ways. We believe the El Cerrito Recycling Center is a story about regeneration and restoration,” said Chris Noll, Noll & Tam Architects.

Sun City Kobe Tower, a luxury retirement community designed as a seamless merger of architecture, landscape, and interiors

The convergence of aging and luxury is a growing segment at a global level, and the new Sun City Kobe Tower is a great example of a project that elegantly resolves these factors. The Kobe Tower, designed by Richard Beard Architects, strives to create a vibrant community in which residents can thrive, while meeting the demands for high-end retirement living. Interior design is by BAMO Inc., and landscape is by SWA Group.

Seattle welcomes its first Passive House apartments, Pax Futura

Pax Futura, Seattle’s first certified Passive House apartments, was designed by NK Architects and developed by a sustainable builder, Cascade Built. Pax Futura achieves the rigorous standards of Passive House by consuming up to 80% less energy to heat and cool the units than standard buildings, while using durable materials and construction techniques.

ESD’s new headquarters demonstrates sustainable design with CertainTeed Gypsum

One of ESD’s biggest priorities for the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification. CertainTeed Gypsum was an attractive manufacturer to ESD for its selection and quality of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPD). EPDs are independently-verified third-party reports that outline a building product’s impact on the environment. 

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s Cancer Center renovation demonstrates flexible design with fewer walls

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) announced the completion of the Robert H. and Judy Dow Alexander Cancer Center at the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s hospital campus. The expanded 66,000 square foot Cancer Center was designed to provide space for the hospital’s growth and to enhance the facility’s cancer research and treatment facilities.

Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre serves as both legacy and catalyst in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town

The Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre harnessed the energy of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to create a project with a lasting legacy that has enhanced and also regenerated its setting — acting as both an anchor and a catalyst for future investment in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town.

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveils First-of-its-Kind HouseZero Lab & Prototype

“HouseZero’s flexible, data-driven infrastructure will allow us to further research that demystifies building behavior, and design the next generation of ultra-efficient structures,” said Ali Malkawi, founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and the creator and leader of the HouseZero project. “By creating both a prototype and an infrastructure for long-term research, we hope to raise interest in ultra-efficient retrofits and inspire substantial shifts in the design and operation of buildings.”

Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Completes the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced that it has finished the second phase in its multi-year campus redevelopment plan with the completion of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. The 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility by Lake|Flato Architects brings the Museum’s distinguished conservation teams together on the main campus for the first time, in one of the largest, continuous spaces for conservation of any public museum.

Grove at Grand Bay withstands Hurricane Irma with help from PPG Duranar fluoropolymer coatings

Designed by globally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Grove at Grand Bay features two swiveling 20-story towers, each housing 49 upscale condominiums highlighted by expansive views of Biscayne Bay and its lush tropical surroundings. Tecnoglass engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with Duranar fluoropolymer coatings by PPG.

Building Up with Precast Concrete Panels

Builder Syed Bokhari passionately believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore creative construction practices — including the use of precast concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.

Inside the historic Ace Hotel in New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located on a corner lot in the historic Warehouse District, within walking distance of a gourmet grocery, upscale retail establishments, and a variety of fine dining options. This 184,000-square-foot mixed-use development centered around the renovation of an existing 9-story circa 1928 building. Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, the building was designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects of the Louisiana State Capitol. In addition to renovating the Art Deco building, the project included a 4-story addition.

Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

New and Transformed Spaces Enhance Academic Mission, Campus Life at the University of Pittsburgh

The new academic year brings the first reveal of renovations at Hillman Library, updated computer labs and study spaces and great new green spaces for gathering.These are just a few of the dozens of updates and upgrades that were completed while many University of Pittsburgh faculty and students were away for the summer.

San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-desgined The Park, a hybrid structure merging parking with retail

The Park designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a six-story hybrid structure, which merges a 441-space parking garage with 27,000-square-feet of street-level retail. Located in the booming Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans, The Park captures the aesthetic rigor of the existing 19th century warehouses, while rethinking this overly conventional building typology and its construction methods.

Stanton Williams’ ‘Open Up’ project delivers a Royal Opera House for the 21st Century

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation by architect Stanton Williams and a team of over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike. The result, launched this September, is a physical manifestation of cultural change at the ROH through the realisation of its ‘Open Up’ project. This aims to enliven the Opera House throughout the day as a welcoming, multifaceted and inclusive cultural and social hub.

Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to build Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface.

Cuningham Group Architecture Unveils Southern California Advanced Care Center

Owned by Providence Health Services, the three-story, 106,000-square-foot (not including parking) Care Center will house a Women’s Center, Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Clinics, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Infusion Center and 2 Linear Accelerators. Cuningham Group is the executive architect and designer of tenant improvements, including all the interior medical facilities. CallisonRTKL is architect of record for the exterior core shell.

Visually Striking World-Class Care Center Opens with New UPMC Location

Constructed with over 20,000 square feet of SYNTHEON Accel-E Wall, Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (STEP) System, the exterior walls combine light-gauge metal stud framing and continuous insulation, to reduce building costs and time, while improving energy-efficiency. The exterior metal skin further utilizes IMETCO’s IntelliScreen Complete Rainscreen Wall System with Element Metal Panels coated in four shades of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings Fluropon, its flagship 70% PVDF exterior architectural metal coating.

Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

“Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design,” described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. “Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building.”

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

The Shop, a co-working space in New Orleans, facilitates connection with sustainable design

The Shop features over 40,000-square-feet of co-working space for a diverse group of creative professionals across a wide range of industries. The workspace includes 69 fully-furnished offices, seven conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, and 15,000-square-feet of art-filled Commons amenity space, spanning two floors and a roof deck. The Shop is connected by an open architectural staircase and featuring an extensive amenity and commons area, varied meeting and office space, and a roof deck. The renovation preserves the warehouse district character of the architecture while incorporating modern elements. The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, and a flowing, open floor plan.

Historical and contemporary design harmonize in luxury CARBONDALE-designed Dolce&Gabbana Venetian store

When asked to design the new Venetian Dolce&Gabbana flagship store, Eric Carlson and his Paris-based office, CARBONDALE, set out to create a new and different retail experience, one that customizes and enhances the cultural values and traditions of Italian quality and authenticity shared by both Dolce&Gabbana and the city of Venice.

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.

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The Buda Mill & Grain Co., a historic agricultural complex reimagined as a community commercial destination in Buda, Texas

CTA-designed Buda Mill & Grain Co., is composed of five structures—a mix of old and new—including a renovated 105-year-old cotton gin building, a large, renovated steel equipment shed, a historic elevated grain augur, four vintage silos, and three new buildings. The challenge was how to preserve the bones of what was there while making the existing structures and new facilities a cohesive complex.

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240 Lorton, a collaborative effort between MBH Architects, OPI Commercial Builders and Dewey Land Company

The City of Burlingame, California has long been a desirable area for real estate developers due to its central Peninsula location, which is easily accessible to amenities such as shops, restaurants, and public transportation. New to the block, 240 Lorton is the product of a working relationship between Alameda, California-based firm MBH Architects, OPI Commercial Builders, and Dewey Land Company (DLC).

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BBGM-designed Draftsman Hotel pays tribute to the past, present and future in Charlottesville, Va.

Looking to create a contemporary hotel while honoring the city’s history, BBGM integrated a balance of contemporary materials with traditional proportions into the Draftsman Hotel. The podium features rust colored Trespa panels – a high pressure laminate siding – reminiscent of the neighboring red brick buildings. Transitioning the material of the facade above the podium to a contemporary Nichiha fiber cement helps to visually detach this element, lessening the visual impact of the hotel on the street’s architecture.

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707 Fifth office tower offers an attractive, energy-efficient, comfortable workplace in downtown Calgary

The new 707 Fifth “AAA” office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), features a distinctive, curved glass appearance with high energy-efficiency and a comfortable interior. In spite of the cold climate, the 27-story, 564,000-square-foot (52,400m²) building met its energy targets, due in part, to the use of Technoform’s TGI® Spacer M in the triple-glazed, curtain wall system. The curtain wall relies on TNG’s bent, triple-pane insulated glazing units with two low-e coatings from G-Crystal Glass Group.

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.

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PPG Duranar coatings give encore performance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan

Modeled after London’s iconic Crystal Palace, the original Javits Center opened in 1986 and immediately gained status as the largest space frame structure in the world. In addition to incorporating a luminous glass and metal framework with brilliant views of the Hudson River and the city skyline, the groundbreaking project was characterized by the extensive use of black PPG Duranar coatings. ENCLOS, Keymark and PPG were selected to supply, design and install the building’s curtain wall components.

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral’s dome, apse and tabernacle all required a high degree of precision and detail, twisting and molding two layers of CertainTeed Gypsum wallboard to match the structural frame, which was first constructed on the ground and then lifted high into the ceilings’ curved surfaces to be fit and secured. The architecture also featured barrel-vaulted ceilings and splayed window returns, distinguishing this project from other cathedrals in the region.

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Sustainable Design Excellence: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

The 12,600-square-foot headquarters, located in the historic Chinatown district of Washington, DC, was built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2016 to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certification. ASLA worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to build a new Center that embodies the mission, vision and values of the Society. The project integrates new construction into the existing space and footprint; captures and reuses stormwater runoff; maximizes daylight within the space; increases occupant comfort and wellness; provides flexible, collaborative work spaces; and models environmental values.

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The California Trail at the Oakland Zoo takes visitors on immersive and interactive journey

Noll & Tam Architects-designed California Trail project at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., doubles the size of the zoo complex to roughly 100 acres and furthers the zoo’s mission of conservation, education and research with a focus on native Californian animals. More than 20 years in the making, the $72 million project was a culmination of community collaboration and the dogged perseverance of the Conservation Society of California. The project encompasses 26 structures spread across 50 acres of land, trails, as well as an aerial gondola system.

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“Waypoint” at Waypoint Park

Waypoint’s new location draws people into the site to explore and approach the artifact connecting it to both to the city and the water’s edge. “When we thought of a durable, low maintenance, vandal and weather resistant coating, we realized what could be more appropriate than a coating used for highways and roads?” Mutuus Studio studied high index reflective glass bead traffic coatings (0.008 inches in diameter) and were continually surprised by experiments with this humble material and mesmerized by the way the light bounced and interacted with the environment around it.

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OLE Health’s newest location clad with Linetec-finished aluminum wall panels

Designed by INDE architecture of San Francisco, the 29,000-square-foot, three-story building’s exterior colors showcase a contemporary, agriculturally inspired palette including terra cotta, light brown and slate gray tones. More accurately, the slate color is called, “Charcoal Smudge.” It was applied by Linetec using Sherwin-Williams Fluropon® 70%, two-coat, PVDF resin-based coatings.

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Miller Hull and Lease Crutcher Lewis to design and develop University of Washington’s cutting-edge Population Health Initiative in Seattle

The 290,000-square-foot building is conceived as a hybrid facility designed to respond directly to the mission of the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative—a 25-year vision to address the most persistent and emerging challenges affecting human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity across the globe. Led by design-build collaborators Miller Hull and Lease Crutcher Lewis, the project is being developed using an Integrated Design-Build (IDB) delivery method, a process that encourages teams to embrace elements of Integrated Project Delivery as well as Lean Design and Construction—techniques developed to create efficiency while maximizing value and minimizing waste

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Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated

Inaugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Aecom began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the venues of the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will host the group and quarter-final matches of the tournament. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah that is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system.

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Dickinson College’s new residence hall showcases zinc exterior with RHEINZINK façade cladding

The new High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College, showcases modern student living inside, and a zinc façade in durable, distinctive and sustainable RHEINZINK cladding, on the outside. As the first residence constructed in 40 years on the historic Pennsylvania campus, High Street opened in Aug. 2018, and in Jan. 2019, earned LEED® Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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RHEINZINK America and CENTRIA announce alliance and showcase their collaboration on Ohio’s Coleman Center

RHEINZINK America, Inc. and CENTRIA have formed a strategic marketing alliance. Showcasing their successful collaboration, the two companies recently worked together to provide architectural zinc façade cladding and roofing systems on the Michael B. Coleman Government Center in Columbus, Ohio. In Jan. 2019, the project earned LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Oberlin College’s sustainable mixed-use Lewis Gateway Center serves as cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District

The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College is the cornerstone project of the new Green Arts District, a 13-acre block that will bring the arts and sciences together to create a transformative sustainable community. The Gateway Center’s Hotel at Oberlin is the fifth new hotel in the U.S. designed to meet LEED Platinum status.

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Reimagining of Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee

Located in the heart of Chattanooga, in the center of the city’s thriving Innovation District and one block from City Hall, Miller Park is a two-acre urban placemaking project designed and led by the collaboration between firms EskewDumezRipple and landscape architects Spackman Mossop Michaels.

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St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden in New Orleans designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as sanctuary for quiet, individual prayer

The new chapel is a delicately-placed, quiet counterpoint to the adjacent church, contrasting in scale but similar in form and material. The tall, angled shape of the chapel ties the building to its neighbor and creates a soaring space for worshippers within—a cathedral for one. The sculpted form is carefully carved on two sides and at the roof, allowing light to leak in from above the ceiling, along the floor, and adjacent to the sacred tabernacle.

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Zolatone® delivers new colors and textures for Texas elementary school

In the summer of 2018, Aldine ISD unveiled its new Lou Vardeman School for early childhood, pre-K and kindergarten students. Serving about 800 students each day, the new school was designed by Molina Walker Almaguer Architects, Inc. (MWA Architects), a Houston-based firm and one of the region’s leading designers of educational facilities. Aldine ISD and MWA Architects have worked closely on many of the district’s state-of-the-art buildings for a number of years and have utilized Zolatone coatings throughout many of them.

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Sto Panel Technology helps build student housing for Rowan University

Rowan University needed housing for its expanding student body…and quickly. This led to the construction of a six-story residential building, which would anchor several planned surrounding structures. These were to be built by the team of Sto Panel Technology, its affiliate, Jersey Panel Corp, and Nexus Properties, the developer and general contractor for the project. Between 2014 and 2018, seven buildings comprising more than 450,000 square feet and 1,500 wall panels were constructed in three phases.

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Unique hybrid flooring system for a state-of-the-art chemical processing facility

Pilot Chemical Company’s primary requirements for the new flooring system were that it needed to be chemical resistant, seamless, impact resistant, easily cleanable, and long-lasting. High Performance Systems Corp specified a hybrid flooring system with a basecoat of cement slurry with a broadcast of 40/60 mesh silica, a broadcast coat of a high-solid epoxy with custom flakes, a grout coat of a UV and chemical resistant polyaspartic, and a topcoat of that same polyaspartic with 220 grit aluminum oxide additives. This decorative flooring system combines a fast curing, moisture insensitive, three-component base material with a mosaic broadcast, sealed with a high gloss, UV stable, clear topcoat.

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Florida’s Aventura Mall’s new wing offers sunlit experience thanks to Super Sky skylight finished by Linetec

Florida’s Aventura Mall recently completed a new wing, making it the third-largest shopping mall in the U.S. Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC manufactured and installed a 347-foot-long, 96-foot-wide, custom, vaulted skylight to crown the new addition. Supporting Aventura Mall’s bright, modern design, Linetec finished the skylight’s aluminum framing components in a Pale Oak color. Upholding the specified appearance and functionality, the durable, 70 percent PVDF resin-based finishes also complement the skylight’s high-performance Viracon glass to keep shoppers comfortable beneath the warm, Florida sun.

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Pompeii Archeological Park: Corian® Exteriors preserves ancient buildings at the Championnet Complex

Naples-based Vittorio Pinto Interni designed Corian® Exteriors coverings to protect the mosaic floors at the Championnet complex from the sun and rain while making sure to not completely enclose them from natural light so that visitors could appreciate the ancient artwork and stonework of walls fashioned out of rocks that include lava, limestone and travertine. Two distinct roofs were made: the first, a simple rectangular shape and the second, a larger covering made of three layers. Each roof was devised with narrow rain gutters on the edges to divert runoff.

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Canadian waterfront trail pavilion features RHEINZINK panels

A steeply sloped, RHEINZINK-clad roof is the architectural focal point of an open-air pavilion at the new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place in Toronto. The opening of the park and waterfront trail marked the first milestone of the province’s plan to revitalize and transform the iconic landmark into a vibrant, year-round attraction. Design for Trillium Park was led by landscape architects LANDinc of Toronto in consortium with a diverse multidisciplinary team, including West 8 of New York and Blackwell Structural Engineers of Toronto.

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RHEINZINK selected to protect heritage of 120-year-old church

Completion of the re-roof project at the historic Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, marks the culmination of a massive four-phase, 22-year renovation plan. The Cathedral—built originally in 1894—was the first church in Vancouver and began with a cedar shake roof. Through the years, various additions and modifications were undertaken, but none contributed significantly to the historic structure’s long-term sustainability.

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SOLARBAN 60 glass by Vitro Glass used in Vulcan Block 45

Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood and designed by architecture firm NBBJ, Vulcan Block 45, the 13-story, 317,000-square-foot office building is clad with a metal panel and stone veneer finishes over prefabricated metal stud panels. An all-glass façade featuring Solarban® 60 solar control low-emissivity (low-e) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass was custom-fabricated to match the opaque metal panels.

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Inspira Medical Center Adds Vertical Expansion with the Help of Sto Panel Technology

Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, New Jersey had a growing patient population and needed to expand. In the course of planning the project, the general contractor, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, was aware of the capabilities of Sto Panel Technology affiliate, Jersey Panel, also located in Vineland, and brought them on board early for design-assist support. StoPanel Classic NExT ci, a prefabricated insulated exterior wall panel system that weighs almost 90 percent less than a precast panel of the same size, was chosen for the cladding.

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Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative’s new headquarters features Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront

Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative recently opened its new headquarters in Williston, North Dakota, featuring an expansive curtainwall from Tubelite. The four-story, 85,000-square-foot building was designed by JLG Architects to achieve a LEED® Gold certification with an emphasis on highlighting the efficient use of electricity, while creating a beacon for MWEC on the north side of Williston.

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RHEINZINK panels enhance University of Notre Dame locker room

In conjunction with the Campus Crossroads Project, the architectural and engineering firm Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) of Troy, Michigan, was selected to redesign and renovate the Stadium Concourse and North End Zone facilities to include the home team locker room and recruiting lounge. Old Country Millwork, Inc. (OCM) of Los Angeles utilized RHEINZINK-CLASSIC bright-rolled as the base metal to manufacture their tinted product. Strategic use of OCM Tinted Zinc played an important role in the execution of the design.

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Sun City Kobe Tower, a luxury retirement community designed as a seamless merger of architecture, landscape, and interiors

The convergence of aging and luxury is a growing segment at a global level, and the new Sun City Kobe Tower is a great example of a project that elegantly resolves these factors. The Kobe Tower, designed by Richard Beard Architects, strives to create a vibrant community in which residents can thrive, while meeting the demands for high-end retirement living. Interior design is by BAMO Inc., and landscape is by SWA Group.

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Seattle welcomes its first Passive House apartments, Pax Futura

Pax Futura, Seattle’s first certified Passive House apartments, was designed by NK Architects and developed by a sustainable builder, Cascade Built. Pax Futura achieves the rigorous standards of Passive House by consuming up to 80% less energy to heat and cool the units than standard buildings, while using durable materials and construction techniques.

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ESD’s new headquarters demonstrates sustainable design with CertainTeed Gypsum

One of ESD’s biggest priorities for the project was to achieve LEED Silver certification. CertainTeed Gypsum was an attractive manufacturer to ESD for its selection and quality of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPD). EPDs are independently-verified third-party reports that outline a building product’s impact on the environment. 

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Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveils First-of-its-Kind HouseZero Lab & Prototype

“HouseZero’s flexible, data-driven infrastructure will allow us to further research that demystifies building behavior, and design the next generation of ultra-efficient structures,” said Ali Malkawi, founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and the creator and leader of the HouseZero project. “By creating both a prototype and an infrastructure for long-term research, we hope to raise interest in ultra-efficient retrofits and inspire substantial shifts in the design and operation of buildings.”

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Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

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Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Completes the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced that it has finished the second phase in its multi-year campus redevelopment plan with the completion of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. The 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility by Lake|Flato Architects brings the Museum’s distinguished conservation teams together on the main campus for the first time, in one of the largest, continuous spaces for conservation of any public museum.

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Grove at Grand Bay withstands Hurricane Irma with help from PPG Duranar fluoropolymer coatings

Designed by globally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Grove at Grand Bay features two swiveling 20-story towers, each housing 49 upscale condominiums highlighted by expansive views of Biscayne Bay and its lush tropical surroundings. Tecnoglass engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with Duranar fluoropolymer coatings by PPG.

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Building Up with Precast Concrete Panels

Builder Syed Bokhari passionately believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore creative construction practices — including the use of precast concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.

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Inside the historic Ace Hotel in New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located on a corner lot in the historic Warehouse District, within walking distance of a gourmet grocery, upscale retail establishments, and a variety of fine dining options. This 184,000-square-foot mixed-use development centered around the renovation of an existing 9-story circa 1928 building. Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, the building was designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects of the Louisiana State Capitol. In addition to renovating the Art Deco building, the project included a 4-story addition.

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Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

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San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-desgined The Park, a hybrid structure merging parking with retail

The Park designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a six-story hybrid structure, which merges a 441-space parking garage with 27,000-square-feet of street-level retail. Located in the booming Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans, The Park captures the aesthetic rigor of the existing 19th century warehouses, while rethinking this overly conventional building typology and its construction methods.

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Stanton Williams’ ‘Open Up’ project delivers a Royal Opera House for the 21st Century

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation by architect Stanton Williams and a team of over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike. The result, launched this September, is a physical manifestation of cultural change at the ROH through the realisation of its ‘Open Up’ project. This aims to enliven the Opera House throughout the day as a welcoming, multifaceted and inclusive cultural and social hub.

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to build Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface.

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Cuningham Group Architecture Unveils Southern California Advanced Care Center

Owned by Providence Health Services, the three-story, 106,000-square-foot (not including parking) Care Center will house a Women’s Center, Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Clinics, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Infusion Center and 2 Linear Accelerators. Cuningham Group is the executive architect and designer of tenant improvements, including all the interior medical facilities. CallisonRTKL is architect of record for the exterior core shell.

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Visually Striking World-Class Care Center Opens with New UPMC Location

Constructed with over 20,000 square feet of SYNTHEON Accel-E Wall, Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (STEP) System, the exterior walls combine light-gauge metal stud framing and continuous insulation, to reduce building costs and time, while improving energy-efficiency. The exterior metal skin further utilizes IMETCO’s IntelliScreen Complete Rainscreen Wall System with Element Metal Panels coated in four shades of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings Fluropon, its flagship 70% PVDF exterior architectural metal coating.

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Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

“Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design,” described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. “Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building.”

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

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SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

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The Shop, a co-working space in New Orleans, facilitates connection with sustainable design

The Shop features over 40,000-square-feet of co-working space for a diverse group of creative professionals across a wide range of industries. The workspace includes 69 fully-furnished offices, seven conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, and 15,000-square-feet of art-filled Commons amenity space, spanning two floors and a roof deck. The Shop is connected by an open architectural staircase and featuring an extensive amenity and commons area, varied meeting and office space, and a roof deck. The renovation preserves the warehouse district character of the architecture while incorporating modern elements. The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, and a flowing, open floor plan.

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Guardian Glass helps 7 St. Thomas rise out of historic setting

High performance bent and flat glass from Guardian Glass helped Hariri Pontarini Architects create an undulating modern glass tower in 7 St. Thomas in Toronto, while still meeting the building team’s performance requirements. The unique structure is built on top of six historical Victorian townhomes, which are the original structures on the building site.

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Holland America Group realizes vision in built form with new Seattle Headquarters

To bring Holland America Group’s brands—Holland America, Princess, and Seabourn—into closer alignment and increase operational efficiences, the company sought to consolidate operations within a single facility. Securing a five-story, 150,000-square-foot building near Seattle’s waterfront (a building that was still in design), provided the opportunity to realize their vision in built form.

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio

When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community. Solarban® 72 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Glass, featuring an ultra-transparent Starphire® glass substrate, was integral to achieving that mandate.

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Midtown21 Office Building among first in Seattle to meet city’s stringent new energy code

The Midtown21 Office Building, designed by LMN Architects, reimagines the office tower typology to accommodate a new generation of tenants in the tech sector, focusing on flexibility and interactivity. The 21-story, 365,000-square-foot, Class A office tower commands a vibrant street corner in Seattle’s rapidly transforming Denny Triangle district, setting a precedent for sustainable, civic-oriented design on a city-designated “Green Street.”

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BAM South in Brooklyn, New York

Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, the 32-story structure features REYNOBOND aluminum composite material (ACM) panels by ALCOA Architectural Products fabricated into pans and finished with DURANAR XL fluoropolymer coatings by PPG. Opened in 2017, the mixed-use building is home to 300 apartments and condominiums, retail stores and 50,000 square-feet of cultural space hosting tenants such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts.

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California credit union transforms interior into modern, comfortable, open concept design with Rockfon ceiling system

Serving as both architect and interior designer, arcINTERIORS worked closely with Travis Credit Union and Sierra View General Contractor to bring its client’s transformative vision to reality. “One of the main goals for the recent branch transformation was to create a branch that was modern in aesthetics, but still provide a sense of comfort and intuitiveness for the members from the moment they first walk into their branch,” said arcINTERIORS’ principal Aileen L. Sulzinger, CID, LEED® AP ID+C. To accomplish both the aesthetic and functional needs of the project, arcINTERIORS selected Rockfon Artic® acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic® suspension systems.

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Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center

Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center is a collaborative reuse project designed by Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects with the help of the YMCA Teen Task Force to ensure that the youth viewpoint was incorporated. When Pacific Gas & Electric donated an 8,000-square-foot decommissioned payment center across from Berkeley High School, it provided the ideal mix of opportunity for adaptive reuse. The design-build team transformed the 1964 concrete office building by opening it up with glazed storefronts, a new partial third story with roof deck, and flexible interior spaces. Bright colors reflect a youthful spirit.

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Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa Bahrain

GM Architects is excited to announce the future interior design and collaboration with the Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa in Bahrain, in association with DSA architects, the first 5-star retreat resort of its kind to open in the area, set to launch by the end of 2019.

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McCullough Mulvin Architects’ striking student accommodation for Thapar University in India – shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award

McCullough Mulvin Architects in partnership with Design Plus Associates (DPA) have designed an overall masterplan for the 250-acre site to provide a series of iconic buildings for the University, including two phases of student residences, a sports centre and a new learning centre incorporating a library, lecture theatres and computer science building. A contemporary approach to design and materials has been employed across the campus to position the University as part of a modern, contemporary India.

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Unique wooden roof structure with laminated veneer lumber

Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, a unique roof construction of the new dining hall is the centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors see a suspended roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The unusual roof construction was designed by German Liebel/Architekten and it was constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

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Las Vegas Vortex Canopy Creates Striking Structure on the Strip

The canopy was formed from 60,000 square-feet of Engineered Wall System Inc.’s 400 series rainscreen system using ALPOLIC Material’s fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM). These metal panels feature Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating‘s Valflon® coating in Platinum Mica, Champagne Mica and Silver Metallic. Valflon was the ideal choice for this specific project, as it required a bold look with lots of gloss and shine. Even better, this coating is highly resistant to weathering, airborne chemicals, acid rain and graffiti-removing cleaning solvents.

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University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, St. Paul, Minnesota

It’s the best of both worlds at the state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab at the University of Minnesota. Inside, scientists are studying how to reverse the decline in wild pollinators and honeybees, while outside, robins and cardinals stand a significantly better chance of avoiding potentially deadly collisions with the building’s windows, thanks to energy-efficient, bird-safe glass combining technologies from Vitro Glass and Walker Textures®.

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Camp Havaya Eco-Village, Pocono Mountains, Pa.

Camp Havaya is an environmentally focused summer camp designed to Reconstructionist Theology; “Tikkun Olam – fixing of the world is in our hands.” It is built of earth-friendly materials such as: recycled plastic decking, milk crates, bottles and reclaimed doors; solar heated hot water, waterless urinals; PV panels and rain gardens. This summer camp teaches campers Reconstructionist Jewish precepts of saving the earth and enjoying life, using powerful social spaces and demonstrating sustainability with earth friendly materials.

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New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

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UCLA Luskin Conference Center sets a high bar for hospitality sustainability, features Wausau’s windows, doors and curtainwall

The recently opened University of California Los Angeles’ Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center (UCLA Luskin Conference Center) sets a new standard for conference centers and hotels, not just in a campus setting, but for the hospitality industry as a whole. Last year, the $162 million building earned LEED® Platinum certification and is considered one of the most sustainable hotels in the United States. Supporting UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s sustainability goals, acoustic performance and access to natural light were key contributors. Windows dominate the conference center’s lobby and meeting rooms, flooding the interior with sunshine. Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided high-performance windows, terrace doors and a curtainwall to help manage exterior noise and interior comfort, while contributing to the building’s overall energy efficiency.

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KWK Architects Designs Multi-Phase Community Replacement

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia, MO is bustling with two new residence halls; a state-of-the-art, multi-restaurant dining facility; and a Starbucks coffeehouse – all designed by KWK Architects as part of a multi-phase community redevelopment project. The three-phased, master plan would include a total of five new residence halls and a distinctive dining facility to replace an outdated dining hall and three residential towers, all of which were demolished to make room for the new buildings.

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The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York

Architects specify rainscreen systems to fulfill two primary functions: the first is to keep moisture from entering a building; the second is to prevent heat from escaping. Thanks to a collaboration between Morphosis Architects, A. Zahner Company and PPG, the rainscreen system on The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech does more than serve those purposes – it also works as a color-shifting wall of art.

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Ashley McGraw Architects Designs New MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton, NY

In 2011, the existing MacArthur Elementary School was destroyed when the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers flooded due to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The school was the heart of a vibrant city neighborhood and served an ethnically, socioeconomically and racially diverse student population. Ashley McGraw Architects aimed to redefine what an urban elementary school could be, restore and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and create a deeply sustainable and resilient building and site.

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Los Gatos Library, California

Nestled at the foot of a wooded hillside, the new Los Gatos Public Library is a key element within a master plan that strengthens the connection between the town’s civic center and historic Pageant Park. With its rectangular form, the two-story public library complements the adjacent 1960s Civic Center, an elegant masonry building split into quadrants and located partially below grade. “We wanted to create a connection with, and a contrast to, the existing 1960s-era Civic Center building,” notes Chris Noll, FAIA, Principal in Charge and co-founder of Noll & Tam.

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Orlando International Airport’s South Intermodal Terminal Facility topped with Acurlite skylight, finished by Linetec

The ITF is expected to be the first building on the Orlando International Airport campus to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 certification standards. Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, heavy-duty commercial skylight, the ITF’s daylighting system helps connect those arriving and working within the space to the welcoming surroundings and Florida sunshine outside. Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc. manufactured and installed the low-rise, segmented barrel vault skylight. Linetec provided stretch forming, thermally improvement and finishing of the skylight to meet the airport’s aesthetic, sustainability and high-performance requirements.

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Shepley Bulfinch and University of Houston Celebrate Grand Opening of Health 2, the University’s Second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Shepley Bulfinch announced today the completion of Health 2, the University of Houston’s (UH) second health and biomedical sciences building. The newest component of Houston’s Carnegie-Designated Tier One public research institution, Health 2 is a nine-story, 300,000 SF facility that provides a new home for the University’s College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Center, community clinical and wellness spaces, and two floors of expanded research space.

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High Performance Systems Performs Floor Installation for Electrical Generation Facility in New Jersey

This flooring project was completed for one of the largest electrical generation plants in New Jersey. More specifically the new flooring system would be installed in the machine shop of the facility. In the machine shop old generators and parts were refurbished which, required heavy machining equipment, forklifts, and a 50-ton hoist. Due to the heavy loads and substances required to complete daily machine shop operations, the floor needed to have excellent scratch, abrasion, impact and chemical resistance. To complete the project, High Performance Systems, a local resinous flooring contractor was hired to replace the existing 14,000 sq. ft. floor with a new epoxy system in 3 days. To avoid a plant shutdown, the project was scheduled to start on New Year’s Eve.

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CJ Blossom Park Named the Best New Laboratory in the World

The design of CJ Blossom Park is founded on CannonDesign’s “New Scientific Workplace” concept — a radical design approach that replaces traditional laboratory planning ideas with integrated innovation strategies to create dynamic, boundary-less environments that increase productivity, efficiency and creativity.

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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital features inviting canopies outside, patient-focused care inside

“Design goals from the start included addressing wellness, systems and integration, and patient and staff experience throughout the facility. We additionally challenged the team to incorporate themes around our patron saint, Saint Elizabeth, and her history of serving the sick and the poor,” says Susan Holloway, RN, BSN, director of construction management for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

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Bruciato on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Above the fifteen-seat bar – inlaid with Carrara marble in a chevron pattern – and along the eastern wall, hang steel light fixtures designed by Eerkes and Perhacs Studio, both island residents. Salvaged church benches serve as seating for the two-top tables, which feature old growth, salvaged fir. Weather permitting, a custom galvanized-steel bi-fold door opens the restaurant directly to the sidewalk, merging inside with outside. In the back corner of the restaurant, next to the brick pizza oven imported from Stefano Ferrara of Naples, is a custom-designed, blackened-steel, diamond-structured firewood rack. About the feel of the space, which seats 90, Eerkes notes, “The island is very community-focused. I wanted to design a comfortable place I’d be proud to take my friends. Bruciato has become the island clubhouse.”

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Carbon neutrality is now reality at American University

American University publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in 2010. Due to the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU is not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.

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Metal Design and Sleek Coatings Provide Air-Like Aesthetic for Renovated Boeing Facility

Calloway Johnson Moore & West of Lexington, PA was hired as the architecture firm for the development. Due to the heavy industrial use of the facility, CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series® insulated metal panels were chosen to provide thermal efficiency as well as wind and flame resistance. The panels offer superior weather protection, and deliver a sleek façade. The CENTRIA metal wall panels were coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® Classic metallic coating in the colors Pewter and Silversmith – providing an air-like aesthetic to the facility’s exterior with the main overcast gray tone perfectly accented by the dark gray.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland improves energy efficiency with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Exterior Series

The Hall and Museum are housed in an iconic geometric building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. The main tower soars more than 160 feet (48.7 meters) into the air and supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that contains more than 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of exhibition space, along with administrative offices, shopping space and a cafe. All of that glass allows the Hall to present priceless artifacts in natural light. However, protecting those treasures from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays and keeping the building cool on sunny days also presents a challenge to building managers.

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DePauw University’s new Dining Hall reflects historic campus design, meets LEED Gold criteria

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), DePauw University’s Hoover Hall provides a new dining hall for the Indiana university, while carrying forward the Georgian character of the campus and complementing the historic East College building. The $32 million project was completed on time, under budget and to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold criteria.

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The Tower at PNC Plaza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Vitro Architectural Glass and PNC Financial Services Group have played integral roles in the development of sustainable architecture. PNC has more newly constructed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified green buildings than any company in the world, while Vitro Glass products have figured prominently in many of PNC’s signature architectural projects, including its boldest yet: The Tower at PNC Plaza. Opened in 2015 and planned to be one of the greenest office buildings ever built, the 33-story high-rise appears on the surface to be a conventional glass-and-steel skyscraper, yet the sleekly polished exterior hides a second glass façade that architectural firm Gensler designed, along with a rooftop solar chimney, to create a “breathing” building that uses fresh air and solar energy to naturally cool, heat and self-ventilate for much of the year.

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The Hangar at Kenmore Town Square in Kenmore, Washington

The 4,600-square-foot Hangar and 24,000-square-foot Town Square provide a year-round focal point and a symbolic living room for the city. Located in the heart of downtown, the complex touches upon the primal notions of gathering, creating a venue for passive and active recreation while ensuring a home for nature in the rapidly growing community.  The Hangar, conceived as a pavilion, is designed to morph depending upon weather or functional requirements.

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Race Pace Bicycles Treads Forward with Challenging Renovation

Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects was hired to conduct a full-scale remodel of the interior and exterior of the warehouse. Plans were also developed to add 4,800 square-feet to house the company’s sales floor and storeroom. A major face-lift was needed to the structure’s façade to attract customers and convey the Race Pace Bicycle brand. To accomplish this, Fabral 12″ and 16″ Silhouette HCF Series™ metal wall panels finished in Valspar Fluropon® coating in Slate Gray and a custom red were installed in a continuous horizontal pattern on the exterior.

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Officially Breaks Ground

With an iconic building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000 square-foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students. Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum’s programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an architectural wonder, a cultural treasure, and a center of storytelling and creativity at the heart of a reimagined Exposition Park,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I thank Mellody Hobson and George Lucas for their incredible generosity and vision, which will inspire countless Angelenos and visitors from around the world.”

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Minnesota’s new Metro Transit shelters feature Linetec finishes

Minnesota’s Metro Transit owns and maintains more than 700 transit shelters throughout the Twin Cities. Recently, the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – the A Line – added 38 shelters and 40 signage pylons engineered by Duo-Gard. Constructed of aluminum and finished by Linetec in a clear anodize, the shelters and signage offer high-traffic durability in every season.

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Shepley Bulfinch Completes New John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to announce the grand opening of John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, the only freestanding pediatric hospital in New York State and one of 43 nationwide. The new $270 million, 410,000 SF, 185-bed facility is the regional perinatal center and ACS Level 1 pediatric trauma center. It includes a 64-bed private room neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery unit, joint pediatric hematology/oncology unit in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services co-located to meet the growing demand of pediatric and women’s health services for Kaleida Health, Western New York and beyond.

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Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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